Viva La vida: Krannert 50th Anniversary Celebration

50 years of passion and love for music, for art, for life gathers in one night.

written by Zhenbang Wu

Photo by Zhenbang Wu

Viva la Vida, Long Live Life. If you ask me to summarize the Krannert 50th Anniversary Celebration, that’s exactly the word that crashes into my mind. During the past 50 years, people came to Krannert to enjoy art. And more importantly, their passion for music, for art, for life has already become part of the art.

Photo by Zhenbang Wu

Photo by Zhenbang Wu

From artists to audiences, from young to old, people expressed their love and passion for art to the fullest, which was exactly what I enjoyed about the event. Honestly, before I came to the celebration, I thought what we were going to do was just seating and watching. However, the moment I stepped into the gate, I was completely affected by the passion of people. Look at the photos above, you could tell how the artists were enjoying themselves and you could feel the passion in them. They were there not simply because it was their job, but because of their passion and love for music and art.

Photo by Zhenbang Wu

Among all the people, this grandma left me the deepest impression. With the long soulful melodies of Jazz, the grandma danced elegantly as if she were the young girl 50 years ago. This is the magic of art. It is not just about music, about dance, but it is about passion, about beauty, and about life. And this is the same for everyone. During the event, people were not watching the performances passively, but they were engaging in the performances. By engagement, it helped to build a sense of community. Their passion, love as well as they themselves have already become part of the art.

“The arts are central to who we are as a people” (President Obama, 2014). No matter who you are, how old you are, art reminds you of your love and passion for beauty and for life. 50 years is long and short. With time flying, we cannot prevent ourselves from getting old, but what we can do is to prevent our heart from getting old. This is what I learned from the celebration. Keep young, keep passionate, and always embrace your life, saying ” Viva la Vida”.

Photo by Zhenbang Wu

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